Special Programs Staff
Stephen Wood, Director of Special Education
Stephen Wood obtained his master’s degree and preliminary credential in special education from Claremont Graduate University and taught middle school at San Bernardino City Unified School District. During his years at SBCUSD, he taught a special day class for three years and then became a resource specialist while serving as the department chair. He also had the opportunity to work for West Covina Unified School District’s special education department where he served as an instructional support specialist. In that position, he supported over six schools from pre-K to adult transition, over saw the district’s special education transportation, and sat on our district’s Student Attendance Review Board. Next, he was a special education program specialist for Learn4Life Concept Charter Schools and California Virtual Academies where he was responsible for presenting and communicating all new special education procedures at both department and all staff meetings.
Kristine Gornto, Director of Special Education Compliance
Kristine Gornto graduated from California State University, Hayward with a bachelor’s degree in English and Chapman University with a master’s degree in special education. She received her teaching credentials from California State University, Stanislaus and Chapman University and spent seven years teaching english and special education at a brick-and-mortar continuation high school. Prior to her current role, she worked as a district program specialist/administrator for six years. As Director of Special Education Compliance, she works to ensure that all Special Education programs and services are legally compliant.
Brandy Scott, Director of Student Support Services
Brandy Scott is the Director of Student Support Services for iQ Academy of California – Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a certificate in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from CSU, Fresno and a master’s degree in special education from NU with a specialization in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Her background and experience are in management, banking and finance and most recently served as the Related Services Manager for iQ Academy and other virtual schools. She has also worked directly with students with autism during her graduate and undergraduate years. She believes that all students should be celebrated for who they are and has enjoyed the shift in educational culture that recognizes that students with disabilities are students with ABILITIES. Embracing the skills of students, especially due to neurological differences such as ASD is no longer a dream for the future, it is NOW. Brandy is student-centered and passionate in her desire that all IQLA students with special needs are identified, supported, and served quickly and with excellence.
Director of Categorical Programs
Graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in mathematics. She received her teaching credential from Saint Mary's College of California and spent eight years teaching at a brick-and-mortar elementary school before joining California Virtual Academy at Sutter as a teacher during the 2005–2006 school year. Since then, she has served as lead teacher of middle school mathematics and as curriculum specialist for the California Virtual Academies. As director of categorical programs for iQ Academy, she works to ensure that all students have the resources they need to reach their full academic potential.
I am both an Educator and a Parent of students with learning needs. Both of my children had IEPS during their school years and they inspired me to become a Special Educator. Prior to working in Education, I worked as a Paralegal. While attending school to complete my Bachelor’s Degree and Credentialing, I worked as long term substitute Para- Educator in a Non Public school for student’s with Emotional Disturbance. I obtained by Bachelors in Liberal Studies from California Luther University in 2010 and a Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Teaching Credential in 2011. I earned my Masters of Science in Special Education in 2013 and a Masters of Art in Educational Leadership in 2014. I have spent most of my teaching career working with Students in Middle School and High School with Emotional Disorders. In March 2019, I joined CAVA as a TK-2nd grade Education Specialist and in September 2019, I transitioned to IQLA as a Program Specialist in Special Education.